Yankees' Addition of Former Top Prospect May Forecast Another Roster Move

Sep 19, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA;  Miami Marlins third baseman Jordan Groshans (65) scores a run
Sep 19, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Jordan Groshans (65) scores a run / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have made an interesting move ahead of Spring Training, claiming infielder Jordan Groshans off of waivers. In order to add the infielder the Yankees had to designate left-handed pitcher Matt Krook for assignment. Groshans ranked 46th in the MLB's top 100 prospects in 2021 and was seen as one of the better infield prospects in baseball.

He's yet to get extended playing time in the Major Leagues playing just 17 games with the Miami Marlins with a .262/.308/.619 slash line with one homerun and two RBIs.

Yankees News: Jordan Groshans Signing Signals Potential Roster Move

The move gives the Yankees an additional player who can compete for the Opening Day roster with his ability to play both third base and shortstop. This signing may also lead to a trade of one of the Yankees' former top prospects.

If Groshans shines in the Spring the Yankees may look to move on from Oswald Peraza who's struggled in the big leagues and won't see extended playing time with the infield all but set.

While Groshans won't move the needle in terms of the magnitude of the deal this does open up the possibility of a trade down the line. An Oswald Peraza trade may make sense as team's may still view him in a high regard and the Yankees won't be able to give him everyday big league At-Bats which he'll need to develop.

The Yankees have a need for depth starting pitching and could use additional bullpen pieces in a potential trade. This season is an all-in year for the Yankees and moving on from some prospects will be necessary for this team to catch up to teams like the Dodgers, Astros, and the Orioles.

Will the New York Yankees Finally Address Depth Concerns?

The question now becomes will the Yankees finally address the lack of depth in the pitching staff.

The team heads into the season with two starters with major injury concerns and a third in Stroman who dealt with injuries in the second half of last season. Prospects like Everson Pereira, Oswald Peraza, and Oswaldo Cabrera were all at one point top 100 prospects, yet they likely won't play much of a role in 2024.

The Yankees should certainly look into moving on from some of their surplus prospects for a Pitcher that can provide the team with spot starts in case of injury.

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